Zaniolo actually prefers to move to AC Milan, who are also interested in using his services. Moving to the Rossoneri is also seen as a career advancement, because Stefano Pioli’s team are the reigning champions of Serie A and are appearing in the Champions League.
But Milan is reluctant to spend a lot of money, in contrast to Bournemouth who are willing to pay 30 million Euros plus bonuses for his services. Don’t forget there’s also the 10 percent commission The Cherries promises if it’s resold in the future.
Roma clearly preferred an offer from the bottom-of-the-table Premier League club, but Zaniolo turned it down. Sky Sport Italia reported, he didn’t even want to come to meet with Bournemouth representatives who had come all the way to Rome.
Roma management was annoyed with that attitude. Zaniolo is considered to have caused the Giallorossi to lose twice. Firstly for refusing to play against Spezia (and Napoli this weekend), secondly for rejecting the only concrete proposal that exists.
Now, he has the potential to be punished by Rome. The Giallorossi could freeze him from the squad until the end of this season, then sell him next summer. Zaniolo is bound at Roma until 2024, and given the current situation, it is unlikely that his contract will be extended.